Was it Spring?

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Last Saturday we had warm and sunny day. It seemed Spring came to our place forever. People after a long cold winter poured into the streets. Walking area along the lake was filled with pedestrians, runners, cyclists, roller-skaters. Playground filled with fun children’s laughter. Lovers occupied benches and secluded places on the beach. Rare daredevils sunbathed in the spring sunshine. There were the yachts and rowers on the lake.

Then the week of cold wind, the night temperature below zero and even light snow came again. Hopefully coming weekend is going to be nice and sunny again.

 

Maple and Oak Leaves

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Last year leavs

Swansea

Spring 2015-13Swansea is a neighbourhood in the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, bounded on the west by the Humber River, on the north by Bloor Street, on the east by High Park where Grenadier Pond is located and on the south by Lake Ontario. Surrounded by the river, ponds and lakes it attracts a lot of waterfowl. Swans give a special beauty and appeal of this place and attract many visitors to admire them.
Spring is interesting time to observe courtship and the appearance of offspring. Swans do it nicely. They carefully treat their companions, protect them from encroachment of uninvited guests and take care of their offspring.
Swans is one of Swansea hallmarks.


Gull

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Sea Gull

Quidi Vidi Village

BoatMinutes from downtown St. John’s is Quidi Vidi Village. Quidi Vidi was known for once being a historic fishing village. The neighbourhood is named for both Quidi Vidi Lake (where the Royal St. John’s Regatta is held the first Wednesday in August, weather permitting) and Quidi Vidi Harbour – known locally as “The Gut”. Located in Quidi Vidi is the Quidi Vidi Battery Provincial Historic Site, which had significance as a battery during the War of 1812. The village is also home to Newfoundland’s largest microbrewery, the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company. It has many different types of plants and animals. There are numerous scenic places to visit.
With ten unique, active artisans working in their studios at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, there is always something new to discover. Buying fine craft is always a pleasure – but especially so when you can chat with its maker, get to know their process, and see all the hard work and unique processes that go into the crafting of their product.
It was our point of interest on Easter Monday. On sunny morning there were no any signs of weather trouble. However by the time of our coming the snowstorm appeared from nowhere. It was like a blizzard. But in 20 minutes it flew away with the wind as fast as came. After that we had lovely short trip around the Village.Family

 

 

Browsing

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Gleb

Cape Spear

National Historic ParkCape Spear, located on the Avalon Peninsula near St. John’s, Newfoundland, is the easternmost point in Canada. Cape Spear is close to Blackhead, an amalgamated area of the City of St. John’s, about 1.86 miles (3 km) away.
It was still wintery on Easter Day there. However it was sunny and surprisingly quiet and made hiking and sightseeing pretty comfortable.

 

Sunday Afternoon in Bremen

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Bremen – Market Square

Bremen ArchitectureMost European cities look like outdoor museums. Tourists can wander for hours and admire architecture, sculptures, parks, promenades. All of these objects are true Pieces of Art created by famous artists. Market Square in Bremen is full of these masterpieces.

The Bremen Town-Musicians

The Bremen Town-MusiciansMany of us know about the city of Bremen from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Bremen Town Musicians“. But not a lot of people will take a trip just with the purpose to see that statue. However if you are close to this city for some reason it worth to come and see that landmark and the city itself. Because we’ve been just 100 miles away we decided to visit that lovely place. On sunny April Saturday morning we went on a date with this beautiful city. Driving on German Autobahn easy and relaxing this is why travel time has flown by. Leaving the car in the parking lot away from the centre, we took the street car for further travel.Bremen street car From the bridge Burgermeister-Schmidt-Brücke we continued walking along the promenade of the river Weser. On the lower level of the promenade a flea market takes place at the weekend. It looks like a treasure island filled with many interesting things and absolutely useless junk. However, everyone can find something cute and useful to buy just for funny price. On the upper level there is a wide pedestrian area with lots of outdoor cafes and pubs, souvenir shops, improvised scenes, where something happen all the time.Musicians The relaxed audience sat under gentle spring sunshine with a glass of wine or beer, talking and listening to music. European cities are different compare to the American and Canadian ones with one important thing – there is no shopping at the weekend at all. People simply take a break from everyday worries.

After passing through the ranks of the “flea markets” we were have a choice – to continue to walk along the waterfront or rather go up to the city. We choose to the go wandering on the little pretty streets watching the city life of the day. So suddenly we were in the central square Markt Platz, where the Town Hall, St. Peter’s Basilica and the city parliament are located. In front of Town Hall there is Sculpture of Roland who is associated with independence of Bremen. In the western part of the Town Hall finally we saw the famous Musicians that, in fact, brought us to the city and what we take our trip for. A small bronze sculpture nested right near the Town Hall wall. A big Barcelonacrowd of tourists were waiting for their turn to take a picture with the sculpture, and therefore get one good shot without any participants is almost impossible.
We completed our tour with the lovely lunch at a restaurant with an interesting name «Bar Celona», which sounds like the capital of Catalonia – Barcelona. Farewell to someone or something is always with sadness. The only good thing what encourage us is anticipation to meet new cities and people.